Author: Scott Bryan

Catastrophic failures are, by definition, unpredictable. It is however safe to predict that at some point in the life of your company, you will suffer an IT failure. However redundant and well-architected a company’s IT systems are, unforeseeable events ranging from natural disasters to hurricanes to floods, its paramount to have a disaster recovery plan in place.  

In 2018 alone, severe weather events and other disaster cost $155 billion globally. 

A key component of that disaster recovery plan should be where and how you plan to store your data. Almost all organization depend on their data, software, and internet to conduct business. If these resources are unavailable, is your business at a loss? 

To help remediate this risk, organizations have been turning to colocation as a means to achieve IT resilience so their companies can work through any disruption. A colocation partner provides a third-party location facility to maintain your data in combination with support services in the situation that you cannot access your office.  

Here’s some additional detail on why colocation needs to be part of your disaster recovery plan:

1. Safer by Design

Colocation provides disaster-resistant infrastructure in collaboration with redundant IT service support. Colocation providers remove the operational burden so you can focus on your business and often provide additional layers of support through managed services, security, and compliance services.  

2. Cost Efficient

Instead of building a dedicated disaster-proof facility for your own company, share the costs with multiple businesses in a colocation facility.  This is one of the most attractive benefits of a colo with most locations sharing the cost of facility maintenance, operations, and utilities all while offering a space to conduct business operation in case your own space is unavailable.  

3. Resilient

A colocation facility is built to withstand disasters and will be much better equipped to protect your IT systems and data. By hosting your equipment and data in an alternate location, you’re diversifying your risk.  

4. Offers Advanced Security Features

Strong colocation providers offer advanced security and compliance services beyond 24/7 electronic monitoring. You can work with a provider to define the security and compliance requirements you will need. In addition, many providers have a wide portfolio of managed security services such as firewall, advanced threat detection, DDoS defense and more to add an additional layer of resilience.  

Bulletproof your Business Continuity Plan with Colocation

If colocation is not a component of your disaster recovery plan, the time to explore your colocation options is now. Resilience, cost, and stability are key and downtime can cost you significant amounts in revenue and lost customer trust. MacroNet is an industry leader in helping company’s find the right colocation provider for their business. Let us help you, today.